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Why not a ‘people’s vaccine’?

The Editor,

We are privileged in this community to live in a wealthy country that was one of the first in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This life-saving shot in the arm is not being equally distributed around the world. Countries like Canada, the U.S. and those in the E.U. are buying up most of the global supply of vaccines, while billions of people in poorer countries will have to wait until well into 2022 or later before they get their fair share.

The People’s Vaccine Alliance, a broad coalition including Oxfam, UNAIDS, Amnesty International and others, is challenging what they call “vaccine nationalism.” They say on their website that “nearly 70 poor countries will only be able to vaccinate one in 10 people against COVID-19 next year unless urgent action is taken. Rich nations, representing just 14 per cent of the world’s population, have bought up 53 per cent of all the most promising vaccines so far.